Animal Justice Party fields candidate in the State Election in Coffs Harbour

Animal Justice Party supporters launch the State election campaign.

KELLIE Pearce was announced as the Animal Justice Party’s (AJP) state candidate for Coffs Harbour at their official NSW State Election launch on Saturday 25 February.

Ms Pearce has lived in the Coffs Coast region since 2002 and works as both a financial adviser and wedding celebrant in her day jobs.

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She has been a passionate advocate for animal rights in the local area, speaking out against issues such as puppy farming and greyhound racing.

One of Ms Pearce’s priorities for this election is redirecting subsidies for harmful and environmentally damaging industries, such as factory farming, into supporting plant-based food technology and giving more assistance for farmers to adopt kind and sustainable practices.

Other issues include finally putting an end to greyhound racing and increasing action on climate change for a better future for all.

“We are excited to launch our campaign to advocate for animal rights and climate protection,” Ms Pearce said.

“We believe that animals are sentient beings that deserve protection, and we are committed to promoting policies that reflect that belief.

“We look forward to working with the community to promote animal welfare and ensure that animals are treated with respect and dignity.”

The AJP Coffs Harbour group has successfully locally campaigned on many issues including opposing the Coffs Cup from being a public holiday and been vocal against local puppy farming as well as pushing for stronger penalties for animal abuse crimes.

The AJP was formed in response to the growing number of Australians who feel strongly that much more needs to be done through the parliamentary system to assist the wellbeing of animals.

Members believe there is a need for laws that recognise animals’ needs, capabilities and interests, whether that’s farm animals, our native wildlife or beloved pets.

Ms Pearce said that, with three Members of Parliament (two in NSW) and two Councillors elected, the Party is already taking huge steps forward for animals, holding the government to account, and introducing bills and motions to end animal cruelty.

By Andrew VIVIAN

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